Monday, July 27, 2015

Monday Made It!!!

I am so excited to share all my fun creations with you this week. With summer in full swing, I am really having a ton of fun crafting adorable projects for my new classroom. I also have to add that it has been kinda weird/hard for me to get used to actually having time off this summer. For the past two summers, I nannied for two sweeties which kept me quite busy during the days. However, since Josh and I got married and moved to Ohio, I didn't have time to find a part time job to keep me busy this summer, so I am free! I do like having all the free time, but I definitely am not used to it yet. With that being said, I can't wait to share with you my three projects from this past week. 
****See, I told you I had a lot of time on my hands! 

Like I mentioned in my last post, I got married and got a  new job just a short month ago. Since I am moving into a new classroom, I convinced myself that I should certainly redo my classroom theme! Hey, that's my justification! My classroom last year had a ton of brights and chevron which was very cute, but I want to go rid of the pink and green and add some more gray, coral, and yellow. And then, I came across Melanie's fabulous theme.
Look at this! This is just WAY TOO adorable for me to turn down. Check out more of Melanie's fabulous ideas here! I love the combo, and I am really excited to add in some yellow and coral. However, I had a ton of green baskets and decorations from my last two years of teaching, so I looked for some new bins for supplies, classroom library, etc. But, I couldn't find anything that I absolutely loved. So I found this friend.

 I really had no idea that there was spray paint out there that worked for plastic, but once I found this, I was willing to give it a try. Here are some of my bins before the spray painting party.
I started in my garage to avoid bugs and wind, but quickly I had to move back outside because of the fumes! Word of advice, just start outside. 

It did take some time because I would do a layer and let it dry. But then, I would find some spots that I missed. So I would have to reapply. But all in all, they turned out fabulous, and they match my other bluish bins from Big Lots from last year perfectly! Here is my end product.
This saved me a lot of money, and it actually was kinda fun :p
This week, I also had a fantastic time meeting up with my sweet teacher friend, Kirstin to tackle some more crafting projects.  Our first was actually a lot easier that we had anticipated. We both had been wanting to create a teacher toolbox for awhile, but we never got around to it. So, that was our first goal. Kirstin picked up two of these beauties for just $17 at Joann's. 

We first, took out all of these cute drawers and spray painted the frame gray to match both of our classrooms.  Then, we moved onto editing and printing out labels for the drawers. We found this adorable set of labels that are EDITABLE and FREE! You can find them here!

After printing, laminating, and cutting, we simply used double sided tape to stick these babies into the toolbox. It worked easily, and you can't see the tape at all. Look at our fabulous end toolboxes! 

Yup, I'm pretty much obsessed. And honestly, all those little drawers scream organization, and that makes me OH so happy!

Kirstin and I also had some time to fancy up our classroom mailboxes with these adorable binder clip labels. You can  find them here! Once again, free!! All we did was simply print the labels, apply one layer of Mod Podge on the binder clips, apply the label, and apply one more thin layer of Mod Podge on the top of the binder clips. We then laid them to dry, and they turned out cute as can be! They definitely look WAY better than my crinkled up avery labels that were handwritten. 

I love the way they turned out!
Be sure to link up with Tara over at 4th Grade Frolics!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Big Changes!

Time sure does fly by! There certainly has been a lot going on in my life, and I am very excited to share two huge changes with you. First and foremost, just over a month ago, I got to marry the love of my life! Now, I am going to brag for just a second. I got to marry, Josh, the kindest, funniest, smartest man I have ever known. I cannot believe we are actually finally married. It seems crazy because you plan and plan, and then it is all just over. Josh and I sure are blessed, and we had an amazing wedding filled with lots of love, laughs, dancing, and many memories to remember forever. We feel so grateful for such an amazing day. Let me share with you a few of my favorite photos from our remarkable start to our journey as husband and wife.

With being a wife, I now have a new name! I am super excited to hear all the kiddos call me by my new name in just a short month. And now, I did say there were two BIG, HUMUNGOUS, GIGANTIC changes in my life. Yes, I am now a wife to an adorable pharmacist/soon to be medical doctor. But, I also will have a new classroom to call home come this fall.  I HAVE A NEW JOB in one of my DREAM districts! I have made the difficult decision to leave my third grade classroom in the district where I have been working for the past two years and where I also did my student teaching to a new district slightly closer to our home in Ohio. This was such a HUGE decision for me, but I feel confident in my new role, and I am super excited to be working in such an awesome district! And bonus, I get to stay in third grade! 

So there it is! This summer has truly been life changing for me, and I hope you also have gone through some positive changes this summer. What changes have you been through or have you made that have positively impacted you this summer?!?

Monday, July 13, 2015

Monday Made It!

Hey bloggers! Yes, it has been a great while, and I have SO much exciting news to fill you in on, but first I want to link up with the fabulous Tara over at 4th Grade Frolics to share a new addition for my classroom.

With some inspiration from Pinterest and also with the lovely help of my sweet friend, Kirsten, some adorable letters were crafted today! Check it out!

We started by going to Joann's and buying the following materials: Mod Podge, scrapbook paper, paint brushes, acyclic paint, and letters.
Here is what the table looked like before we crafted....

And then, we began crafting!

We started by tracing out the cardboard letters onto the scrapbook paper.

After tracing out the letters onto the scrapbook paper, we cut out the letters. We then painted the back side of the letters as well as the edges with our acrylic paint. We ended up using two coats for a more even coat. After the paint dried, we then moved onto the Mod Podge! We discovered that it worked a lot better when we first applied one layer of Mod Podge onto the letter, then dampened the scrapbook paper, applied the scrapbook paper to the letter, and then applied an additional layer of Mod Podge on top of the damp scrapbook paper.

After some tweaking and drying, here is the end result!
Aren't they just adorable?!?? I cannot wait to add them to my new classroom library with my new classroom decor theme! More to come about that soon :p

Happy Blogging and Happy Summer!